Preparing pets for life after COVID-19
Coronavirus restrictions have had us spending more time at home with our pets than ever before.
Your cat, dog, kitten or puppy have probably just adjusted to having you home all the time, and now restrictions are starting to lift.
As restrictions ease and we start going back to work, pets may need time and help to adjust to the new routine. Your pet will find this change easier to cope with if you prepare them before you go back to work.
Without any support or training, pets may begin to develop separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a serious issue and can be incredibly distressing for a pet who is experiencing it. Once a pet has separation anxiety, it can be challenging to treat, which is why prevention is so important.
Tips to prepare your pet for your return to work
Practice spending time apart from your pet
Give your pets a yummy, interactive, toy to play with in a safe area and leave them alone for a small amount of time while they do this activity. Once your pet is used to this, you can start increasing the amount of time you're away from them. However, make sure you come back before they start showing any signs of distress.
Practice your routine
Before you go back to work, start practising what your routine will be, so your pets can adjust. For example, set your alarm, get your keys, feed your pet breakfast and then leave the house.
Play comforting sounds
Your pets have gotten used to hearing you home all day, so before leaving the house, turn on a radio or TV so they'll have comforting sounds to listen to while you're away.
Once you have gone back to work, make sure that you're keeping up your pet's exercise regime. Keep walking, running and training. Exercising your pets before we leave can be a great way to use up some energy and help them sleep while you're away.
Give your pets lots of different interactive treats and toys to keep their brains busy. Remember to give high value treats in enrichment toys when you leave the house, this will give them something exciting to do while you're gone.